Reflections on The 10X Rule and The 5-Second Rule – Both Bestsellers

I read Grant Cardone’s book The 10x Rule, because I thought it might be similar to my newest book, The MISOGI Method. And while Cardone promotes going for 10X the goals you set out for yourself, his book relates it to everything you do. I think this is admirable and inspirational, but I’m not sure I can 10X everything in my life, all at once. And I’m not sure I equate it with success or failure. Life is not black and white. It always comes at us in shades.

I prefer to unplug and listen to the inner me to find the one big reach that can change my life for the better. And then go through the MISOGI Method process of pursuing that reach. The cool part is, that even if you don’t fully achieve your MISOGI, you haven’t failed.

Step one is to unplug and reflect. Our truest desires often develop when we played, unsupervised, as a child. When we go back and tap into that freedom, we often find what we really love most, and too often have set aside due to parental or societal expectations, money or self-imposed pressures. It requires reflection and intuition.

Which brings me to The 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins. When I was chosen from a long list of applicants to deliver my TEDx talk, the organizers told me I reminded them of Mel Robbins. Well, she’s much more animated on stage than I am, but I loved the compliment.

Mel’s main message is to make big decisions in 5-seconds or you won’t make them. She talks about gut feelings. Cardone says do 10x as much. One follows instinct or intuition, and the other big leaps.

My book, The MISOGI Method wants you to find that One. Big. Thing. that you can go for to transform your life for the better. It won’t happen in 5-seconds and it won’t require you to 10X everything you do. But once you’ve found your MISOGI, the results will last much longer than 5 seconds and you will probably end up doing 1000x what you thought you could.

You’ll realize the possible in your life….and then you’ll probably want to do another one.

I know you’ll enjoy The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone, and The 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins, and if you’re anything like me and love Self-Help, Transformational and Motivational roadmaps, then consider grabbing my latest book The MISOGI Method, you won’t be sorry.

Book Review of “From Drift to SHIFT”

“It isn’t easy to find quality among the countless choices of self-help titles available today, each promising us the ultimate formula to attain happiness and success. So, From Drift to SHIFT by Jody B. Miller was a welcome surprise. The book is an inspiring compilation of true stories meant to help readers find balance and joy. The author narrates the experiences of seasoned men and women who have undergone major shifts in order to overcome obstacles and find their true identities. Throughout the book, Miller explores why and how, as well as when, one can handle these shifts. She also discusses what to expect after the shift happens.” – M-17

“The perspective of Miller’s writing is helpful and motivational. Interviews with her sources are fascinating and full of ideas. Each unique story taught us to find our zeal in life. Miller’s constant reminder about embracing positive change, risk-taking abilities, drive for achievement stood out the most. Her ability to constantly challenge and question the reader was an exquisite characteristic: her words make you think. Genuinely, I preferred the Takeaways from each section: they were short and to the point.” – S. Nimandra

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Which Brain Are You?

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I have always loved science, especially Physics. Why? Because it’s practical, and, while I am an optimist, I am also a realist.

I remember learning about frictionless plains in college and as I was riding my bike back to the dorms during a misty rain, I noticed that I was riding faster, and with no more effort. The blacktop surface had become slick and so my wheels turned more easily.

Expand on this I told myself.

How about skiing? When the slope is groomed, my skis glide and turn with just a slight shift of weight on the downhill ski. Slight. When it’s a powder day, I need my entire body to lean as the grip is below the fluffy surface.

Water skiing. I am a single ski gal and when the lake is smooth, without wind chop or wakes, waterskiing is like gliding on ice cream. I have learned over the years that I actually prefer a slight bit of chop on the water because I need something to grip as I cross the wake and go wide for a elbow bending turn.

All of this analysis and practical applicability comes from the LEFT side of the brain. The side of the brian that likes science, numbers, statistics and figuring things out.

I am pretty organized when I work and write, which leans toward me favoring a left-brain approach.

However, and equally alluring for me, is the right side of my brain.

I have deduced, concluded and come to the realization over time, that I love this side of my brain just as much. Maybe more.

When I am working on a speech, an article, a business book, a novel or any writing that can be helpful and/or entertaining for others, I am fully engaged in the creative side of my head. While the ideas actually come from the left side (they all require a decision making process in order to choose), the inspiration comes from my imagination, feelings and intuitive nature. I love this part of my brain. Why? Because it makes me feel good. Feeling good is a key element in knowing that you are doing what you love. 

I trust my intuition. Not only when it comes to writing or creating, but when it comes to decision making. 

I took a test once that determined if I was an introvert or extrovert. I thought for sure that extrovert would come out on top. Guess what? I was smack in the middle. This confused me at first as I take initiative, I present strategies, workshops and solutions to corporations, and I have helped thousands of professionals secure their ideal job. This is primarily extrovert stuff.

But as I reflected on this, again over time (reflection is a right/left brain function), I realized that it made total sense.

Introverts need solitude. I love solitude. To reflect, to think, to create. I need to put on my own quiet type of meditative music in order to write well. I need to get away from distraction. The same goes for creating a speech, a TEDx talk, a seminar. I also discovered that the introvert in me brings out my right side more, so I now celebrate that side of me.

I use my left brain to edit. Once the initial creative process is complete, I actually physically move to a different surrounding (think couch for right-brain and desk for left-brain). I officially go into business mode.

Right now I am working on two books. While one may seem more practical or left-brain, as it involves a lot of data, science and analytics, it is actually just as creative or right-brain for me. The flow is important and the feel of the book as much.

My second work of fiction that I am working on (a Novel) is also both sides. I came up with the idea years ago while at the Louvre in Paris. I saw a statue, which captivated me, and I just knew it would be the center of my story. I then researched the origins of the epic piece and discovered that there was an ancient mythological fairytale tied to it. Hence, the backbone of my story, which is a new telling of this fairytale – complete with twists, turns and a more modern day version. My left brain laid out the entire synopsis and the chapter by chapter outline, the character traits and habits. My right brain started writing. 

I was in flow.

Which side of the brain do you think is your dominant side? I’d love to know!

 

Book Reviews of Bestseller – ‘From Drift to SHIFT’

I thoroughly enjoyed “From Drift to SHIFT” because I am somewhat of a self-help book junkie and its value to me was inestimable. I went from being coached to coaching myself. The timing of the book was serendipitous because I had been drifting for years and only recently experienced a major shift in my life. Had I read Jody B. Miller’s book sooner, I might well have had a different story to tell. However, there is something to be said about the right timing, the entire process of becoming, and the advent of hope. It had a much greater impact on me than scores of other inspirational based texts. – latosek93

I must say I was truly inspired by the book because it made me want to push my limits and find ways to bring change in my life. It is a great read for anyone who is seeking individual change in their everyday life to achieve a fulfillment. The book motivates the reader that nothing is impossible and it is never too late to go for what you want. That helping people is a superb way of finding happiness while you still get to make a living out of it. I particularly liked the end of the chapters ‘takeaways’ that captured the main lessons to drive the point home.  – Grace A.

Even if you are one of those that don’t need to make a shift, this book will still be an interesting read and may bring up ideas and strategies you haven’t ever thought of. – Cate V.

After reading this book I could not help but believe that it came to me at the right time. I particularly loved the essence of the book as a whole in serving as a source of hope to many who seem to be drifting in their work or family life. This book has the power to revive, quicken, and reinforce a broken mind and spirit, therefore, I would recommend it to anyone seeking a little hope to keep up in trying times. – Crane B.


The Value of Stories

I love stories. When I speak to large audiences, such as in my TEDx talk or at a global conference, I usually start with a story. Why? Because stories connect us. Revealing a bit about who we really are and relating it to those listening (or reading) can create an instant connection.

There are many kinds of stories that fit in categories too numerous to list.

Some people like stories about puzzles. Stories that you have to fit together and figure out, guessing the whole way as to who did it or how it will end.

Other people like love stories. Maybe because they are looking for love, want to validate the love they already have or simply live in love for a while.

Stories about other worlds can be equally engaging. Worlds of wizards, other planets, civilizations…all can be exciting, thought provoking and fun.

Sometimes I read stories written long ago. One of my favorite authors is C.S. Lewis. I just read ‘The Great Divorce,” which dealt with purgatory, Heaven and living a full life (or why we sometimes don’t).

Because the theme of my work is encouraging people and companies to step outside the outer limits of their comfort zone in order to find happiness, meaning and success (which is quantifiable), I tend to love stories about underdogs, people that beat the odds and those that overcome challenges to come out happier on the other end. They always end up giving back to society in some way and this makes me feel warm inside.

Stories like David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, make us love ‘aha’ moments. New ways of looking at familiar situations and considering possibilities.

When I write, I like to look for the tidbits of connection in every story. The things that inspire us to move forward in our lives, and to live a life of happiness.

I write books and articles for many publications, and was looking through the stories I have written for Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington’s post Huff Post platform. It’s all about what I focus on and I am happy to be a contributor. See if any resonate with you.

Here’s to your happiness today and every day!

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” –J.K. Rowling

How Unplugging Can Inspire You to Great Things!

I write for many publications. I also write books, strategic plans, host webinars, run workshops, give keynote speeches (and a TEDx talk), host a podcast, and help people and companies get outside their comfort zone in order to find success, meaning, and happiness.

AND, relate it all to bottom line profits.

Sometimes that means that I need to unplug for a few days.

  • To think.
  • To reflect.
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  • To recharge.
  • To sleep.
  • To appreciate all I have.
  • To notice and appreciate the world around me.

Unplugging rejuvenates the soul. And this soul is on its way to even more inspired action.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” —Anne Lamott

Unplug this week, even if only for a little while and watch your creativity, productivity and happiness soar!!!!